Joseph Mallord William Turner

Falmouth Harbour from Penryn


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 75 × 117 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXXIII 108 a

Catalogue entry

The view is to the south-east from the north side of Penryn Harbour. Falmouth is on the right with ships’ masts indicated in the harbour, with Pendennis Castle on the peninsula beyond and the headland on the St Mawes side framing the view out to sea in the distance, which is similar to the composition of the watercolour Falmouth Harbour of about 1812–14 (Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight),1 engraved in 1816 for the Picturesque Views on the Southern Coast of England (see the concordance of the series in the 1811 tour introduction). The study on folio 112 verso (D08576; CXXIII 109a) shows Pendennis and St Mawes in more detail, from Falmouth itself.
The drawing of Penryn on folio 112 recto opposite (D08575; CXXIII 109) was perhaps made from the same spot or nearby. For other views in and around Falmouth see under folio 7 verso (D08375).

Matthew Imms
June 2011

Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, pp.351–2 no.455, reproduced.

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